February 25, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Rain Brings Short-term Relief for Wildland Firefighters

Although rainfall amounts varied across the counties of the state last night, it is expected to give only short-term relief to the rash of wildfires burning recently in Alabama. According to State Forester Linda Casey, the recent precipitation should only hold the fire situation down for a day or so unless additional rain is received. This reprieve allows firefighters much needed rest, as well as an opportunity to perform equipment repairs and maintenance. Since Monday, February 21, Alabama Forestry Commission firefighters – with the assistance of volunteer fire departments – have battled 202 wildfires consuming over 9,366 acres across the state. Of these fires, 25 exceeded 100 acres in size, including a 2,900-acre fire in Cherokee County. During this period, firefighters saved 143 structures and 45 vehicles, while 3 structures and 2 vehicles were destroyed. In the last 30 days, 614 wildfires have occurred in Alabama burning approximately 17,820 acres of land. Although no burning restrictions have been issued at this time, the State Forester urges everyone to use extreme caution with all outdoor burning. It is an Alabama state law to obtain a burn permit before you burn any woodland, grassland, field, or wood debris greater than one quarter acre or within 25 feet of flammable material. Be sure to clear down to mineral soil around the area to be burned. Have enough tools, equipment, and manpower to safely control your fire. Once started, stay with the fire until it is completely out. To obtain a burn permit, call 1-800-242-2504. For more information on the current wildfire situation, visit the Alabama Forestry Commission’s website at www.forestry.alabama.gov/fire_totals.aspx. For more information, contact: • Dan Jackson at (334) 240-9335 or an.jackson@forestry.alabama.gov • Elishia Ballentine at (334) 240-9355 or elishia.ballentine@forestry.alabama.gov • In North Alabama, Coleen Vansant at (256) 347-1785 or coleen.vansant@forestry.alabama.gov

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